Read First Great Triumph Online Free - " We were sure that we would win, that we should score the first great triumph in a mighty world-movement." -- Theodore Roosevelt, 1904
Americans like to think they have no imperial past. In fact, the United States became an imperial nation within five short years a century ago (1898-1903), exploding onto the international scene with the conquest of Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, and (indirectly) Panama. How did the nation become a player in world politics so suddenly-- and what inspired the move toward imperialism in the first place?
The renowned diplomat and writer Warren Zimmermann seeks answers in the lives and relationships of five remarkable figures: the hyper-energetic Theodore Roosevelt, the ascetic naval strategist Alfred T. Mahan, the bigoted and wily Henry Cabot Lodge, the self-doubting moderate Secretary of State John Hay, and the hard-edged corporate lawyer turned colonial administrator Elihu Root. Faced with difficult choices, these extraordinary men, all close friends, instituted new political and diplomatic policies with intermittent audacity, arrogance, generosity, paternalism, and vision.
Zimmermann's discerning account of these five men also examines the ways they exploited the readiness of the American people to support a surge of expansion overseas. He makes it clear why no discussion of America's international responsibilities today can be complete without understanding how the United States claimed its global powers a century ago.
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June 05, 2016
In 2016 the United States has over 700 military bases across the world. As the sole superpower, it feels entitled to intervene anywhere it chooses and goes to great lengths to provide the network of facilities that will enable it to do so.
This situation is relatively new. When I was a young man,...
June 23, 2017
This is a good read I'd strongly recommend to anyone with an interest in the major events of the McKinley and Roosevelt administrations and the rise of the United States as a global power. Zimmermann offers brief but incisive biographies of John Hay, Henry Cabot Lodge, Alfred Thayer Mahan, Theodo...
January 20, 2009
Writing en route to Cuba during the Spanish-American War, Theodore Roosevelt envisioned the coming campaign as "the first great triumph in what will be a world movement." That movement—the emergence of the United States as a world power—is the subject of this thoughtful approach to the history an...
November 08, 2015
Warren Zimmermann gives a fresh look at American politicians at the turn of the 20th Century. Describes political attitudes that we were not taught in school. Looks at the (then) Imperialistic nature of America. Tells of the American acquisition of Hawaii, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Philippines. At the s...
April 18, 2013
Took a while to get through this one, but that's OK; its style lends itself to that. Zimmerman presents this as a single narrative that tells the story of "How Five Americans Made Their Country a World Power" (the book's subtitle), but it's by no means that integrated. The first 200 pages or so a...
March 04, 2013
Zimmerman provides us with a great look at the United States around the turn of the 20th century, seen through the lives of five men: Theodore Roosevelt, Alfred T. Mahan, Henry Cabot Lodge, John Hay, and Elihu Root. Excellent history and great insight into how the actions and decisions of these m...
June 18, 2016
Starts out promising, with thumbnail bios of Roosevelt, Lodge, Root, Mahan, and Hay, before bogging down in a description of the Spanish-American War. It seemed to take longer to wade through the second half of the book than the war actually lasted.
July 20, 2013
Just a bit dense for a summer read, but really interesting history.
April 29, 2011
I had to read this book for my Historiography class but ended up really enjoying it. It's a great read for anyone who enjoys reading about history.